Zafar Shahaan Ansari ( born 10 December 1991) is an English cricketer who plays for Surrey County Cricket Club. A spin-bowling all-rounder, he bowls left-arm orthodox spin, and bats left-handed.
Zafar Shahaan Ansari
10 December 1991 (age 25) Ascot, Berkshire, England
5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Slow left-arm orthodox
Khizar Humayun Ansari (father)
Sarah Ansari (mother)
Akbar Ansari (brother)
Test debut (cap 673)
28 October 2016 v Bangladesh
17 November 2016 v India
Only ODI (cap 237)
8 May 2015 v Ireland
ODI shirt no.
Domestic team information
Surrey (squad no. 22)
5 wickets in innings
10 wickets in match
Ansari made his Surrey debut against Sussex in September 2010 in a List A match, before making his first-class debut for Cambridge MCCU against Essex in April 2011. He had bowling figures of 5-33 in only his third first-class match, for Cambridge MCCU against his own county of Surrey, Kevin Pietersen being among his victims.
He scored his maiden first-class century in 2014, for Surrey against Derbyshire.In Surrey’s next first-class match, against Leicestershire, he had his first 5-wicket haul for the county with figures of 5-93.
Ansari made his One Day International debut for England against Ireland on 8 May 2015.
On 15 September 2015 he was announced as a member of the 16-man England squad visiting the United Arab Emirates the following month to play three Tests against Pakistan. However, on the same day that the announcement was made he dislocated his thumb when fielding against Lancashire and, as a result, was replaced in the England team by Samit Patel.
Ansari was selected as a member of the England touring party to Bangladesh and India in 2016–17, and made his Test debut for England in the second Test against Bangladesh on 28 October. He took figures of 0-36 in the first innings, and made 13 with the bat. In Bangladesh’s second innings he took 2-76, although he was out for a duck in England’s second innings as they lost by 108 runs.
Ansari played in the first two Tests against India. In the first Test, he made 32 in England’s first innings total of 537. He took figures of 2-77 in India’s first innings, before picking up another wicket in the second innings, although England were unable to force a victory. In the second Test he did not take a wicket, and was out for a duck in England’s second innings as England lost the Test by 246 runs. A back injury prevented him from playing any further part in the tour.
Ansari is of Pakistani descent through his father, Professor Khizar Humayun Ansari, who migrated from Lahore, while his mother, Professor Sarah Ansari, is English. Ansari went to Hampton School in the London Borough of Richmond, and came through the Surrey academy system, having represented the county before he turned nine and also representing England at U15 (a team he also captained), U17 and U19 level. He has an older brother, Akbar Ansari.
He was awarded a double-first degree by Cambridge University, and in 2016 completed a 40,000 word Masters dissertation on the 1960s American civil rights group, the Deacons for Defense and Justice.